Although there are some common roof maintenance procedures, when all is said and done, most of the process depends on the kind of roof you have installed. For example, flat roofs are typically much easier to clean and maintain than sloped roofs because they are easy and safer to walk and thus work on. Green roofs may need as much care as your typical landscaping project on the ground while metal roofs may not be as sensitive as your typical shingles. As you can see, most of it really depends on the kind of roof you have and how well you want it maintained. 

That being said, there are still some common roof maintenance tips that any homeowner can use to ensure that their roof lasts much longer than it would otherwise as well as give their home that pristine, ‘well-cared-for’ look. Typically, hiring a roofing contractor is the safest way to go, however, it is also one way that will cost you money. If you are determined to do it yourself, then here are some simple roof maintenance tricks and techniques that you can employ.

Debris removal

 

This is one of the most important tasks when it comes to maintaining your roof. On a sloped roof, this is simple enough to do; all you need is to ensure that the gutters and drains are debris free because the slope of the roof often ensures that the roof itself has no debris lying around. This is not the same case when it comes to flat roofs. These ones need extra care. You must make sure that the scuppers and drains are ALWAYS debris free because should they get backed up, any standing water will remain trapped on your roof. Always sweep off dirt and leaves (mostly during fall).

 

General inspection

 

Every roof needs to be inspected regularly to ensure that everything is still in good standing order. Typically, you should perform a thorough inspection before and after winter. This is when you start noticing cracks and other breakage points.

The first thing you should do is check your attic and other interior ceilings for stains which often indicated that water is seeping through and into your home. Ones you have determined that water is indeed seeping though, you need to fix the leakage point. On your typical roof, you would all but have to check if there are any cracked or loose shingles and replace or fix them. While you are at it, make sure to check for most and mould, other cracks, curling, peeling and worn out parts which have missing granules. Replace and tighten as needed.

On flat roofs, you can typically repair and patch up any cracks or splits. Small punctures are easy to fix; you can just use your typical home-centre patch kits meant for the type of roof you have installed. However, when you find that there is a lot of peeling and curling or partially lifted shingles in one area, it can be an indicator that your roof has come to the end of its lifespan and thus usability. In this case, it is best to hire a professional roofer to make the replacement for you.

When inspecting metal roofs or the metal areas of your roof, make sure to keep an eye out for rust. Should you find any, wire brush it off and then prime the part and paint it. Rust can eat through your metal roof and cause leakage as well damage the structural integrity of the roof itself.

Always make sure that the flashing is solid. If you find that it is not, take extra care to get rid of the old caulk and to scrub the affected area thoroughly. You need to clean it well before resealing it.

What you need to know is that any damage to the roof, no matter how small, only gets worse with time. Be it a small leak or a missing shingle, everything gets worse with time. Unless you carry out regular spot checks and roof maintenance drills, you will end up having to replace the entire roof at the very least. In the worst cases, it could damage a great deal of you home as well.

These tips were brought to you buy Barrier Roofing Auckland, based in the North Shore.

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